When is Springwater Township planning to demolish or “decommission” the Midhurst Community Centre?

April 8, 2016

Sometimes it helps to ask politicians, in writing, important questions.

Springwater Council Web

(l) Don Allen, Perry Ritchie, Katy Austin, Bill French, Sandy McConkey, Jennifer Coughlin, Jack Hanna

1. Email from author to Midhurst ward councillor (Mr. Jack Hanna), Township of Springwater

FROM: Les Stewart
TO: Jack Hanna <jack.hanna@springwater.ca>
CC: Bill French <Bill.French@springwater.ca>
DATE: 24 March 2016 at 11:31
SUBJECT: Midhurst Sports and Wellness Centre proposal

Mr. Jack Hanna
Councillor Ward 5
Township of Springwater

Mr. Hanna,

I would appreciate an update on the Township’s evaluation of this proposal.

I would also like to have an opportunity for a meeting so that I can make sure my facts are correct about how this proposal will affect the Midhurst Community Centre at 74 Doran Road, Midhurst.


Les Stewart

2. Response from Mayor French

FROM: Bill French

TO: Les Stewart, Jack Hanna

CC: Ron Belcourt <Ron.Belcourt@springwater.ca>, (Director of Recreation, Parks & Properties)

Robert Brindley <Robert.Brindley@springwater.ca> (Chief Administrative Officer)

DATE: 24 March 2016 at 11:51

It was referred to staff for feedback. It will not be reviewed until we finalize our Master Recreation Plan which will not be complete until later this year.
Before the advancement of any idea or concept, it would be subject to rigorous review and public input. But at the same time we commend people that have ideas that try to enhance our various communities.
Appreciate your interest.

Best Regards


Bill French
Township of Springwater
2231 Nursery Road
Minesing, ON L0L 1Y2
P 705-728-4784 ext. 2040
F 705-728-6957
C 705-718-7031 or


3. Reply by author

FROM:: Les Stewart
TO: Bill French
CC: Jack Hanna, Ron Belcourt, Robert Brindley
DATE: 24 March 2016 at 12:05

Mayor French,

Thank you for the update.

I take from this that the proposal, which called for demolishing the Midhurst Community Hall by fall 2016, will not be happening.

I have attached a current Springwater News article by Ruth Byers.  She notes Midhurst and many township residents had worked very hard to preserve 164 years of continuous civic building presence. It may be of interest to the Corporation that the Midhurst United, St. Paul’s Anglican and Midhurst Baptist churchs rented the Doran Road facilities while their congregations struggled, successfully, to construct their own buildings in our community.

Considering the season, it’s nice that the current church congregation renting (Old Apostolic Lutheran Church) won’t become homeless by this administration.

At least for now, eh?

Regards, Les

4. Mr. Jack Hanna comments.

FROM: Jack Hanna
TO: Bill French, Les Stewart
CC: Ron Belcourt, Robert Brindley
DATE: 24 March 2016 at 16:39

Mr Les Stewart
Further to the response from Mayor French you will note in the Draft Recreation Master Plan a recommendation to “decommission the Midhurst Community Centre” my objection to this is part of the public record.

Jack Hanna
Councillor Ward 5

Meeting asked for….meeting…

Therefore, the French administration, staff & councillors seems to be pleased with the accuracy of the traditional and social media coverage.

Posted also on SpringwaterParkcc.org.

If Midhurst residents are at war over their community’s future, is it likely that their adversary is using change agents to undermine their defences?

February 19, 2016

Every military campaign relies on intrigue. What is concealed, what is revealed

20160219 Deception

A commercial plan like the Midhurst Secondary Plan, MSP which is worth $40-billion, is no different. Very charming, highly-accomplished, -motivated, and -educated individuals are recruited, moved in, provide back intelligence and sabotage their master’s adversaries’ defences.

In my opinion these are the two most likely individuals:

20160219 David Strachan

David Strachan, current AWARE Simcoe board member for Springwater Township, chaired and organized the meeting on November 28, 2011 meeting at the Midhurst Community Centre which broke the MSP news publicly, new to Midhurst in 2009.

20160219 Don Allen

(l) Mayor Bill French and Don Allen, township election results, Oct 2015

Don Allen, current Springwater Township Deputy Mayor and franchisor executive, new to Midhurst in March 2015.

20160219 Springwater Township council

IMHO, a legal liability (failure of duty, conflict of interest) compromises, both personally the returning and the new members, and the Corporation of Springwater Township. Maybe that’s why Barnet Kussner and WeirFoulds LLP is still on the township payroll in 2016?

Jack Hanna is the most motivated because of  a large variance between his personal net worth versus his competence to independently re-create it.

Jack Hanna: This is not intended to be a commercial for Patrick Brown.

February 10, 2015

Mr. Patrick Brown is the sitting Barrie MP and an ON PC leader hopeful.

Mr. Jack Hanna, Ward Five councillor in Springwater Township is very impressed with Patrick.

An excerpt from Ward Five January Councillor Report in the Midhurst Community Newsletter:

PATRICK BROWN: As many will know Patrick is running for leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party. I have gotten to know Patrick over the past five years and have been very impressed. This is not intended to be a commercial for Patrick Brown. I am alerting residents to the prospect of having a local person as leader of one of the major political parties and maybe the future Premier. Those who can envision the benefits of having a representative that knows the world north of 7 Hwy, may wish to put any party affiliations or alliances aside and support a local candidate. You can do this by signing up before the end of February at Patrick’s Campaign Office at the Kozlov Mall.

Mary Jane’s Last Dance, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Oh, my my, oh, hell yes.
You got to put on that party dress

Why is it risky for community groups to endorse any individual or a “slate” of candidates in an Ontario municipal election?

October 4, 2014

A type of election campaign advertising arrived in the mail this week from the Midhurst Ratepayers’ Association, MRA.

MRA vote for front


MRA vote for back


I think this is the link that provides more detail on the MRA’s endorsements of what appears to be a slate of candidates.

MRA endorsements 1

Questions Arising:

  • Had the MRA’s membership dues and fundraising made it clear that they would be recommending one candidate over another in the upcoming election?
  • Were members and contributors informed that funds would be used to promote one candidate over another?
  • Were the funds spent by the MRA on the design, printing, and mailing a form of subsidy (indirect $ contributed) to the endorsed candidates’ campaigns?
  • Was this indirect funding a form of soft money campaign donation (undisclosed by the candidate under existing provincial law)?
  • Since Margaret Atwood and Others had been centrally identified as allies, were they aware and approving of this new policy direction?
  • Was a weighted rating system used?
  • Were the means and implications of using the endorsements disclosed to the four candidates?
  • Were the candidates informed of the evaluation method process?
  • Were the candidates provided a copy of the finished evaluation matrix (self and others)?
  • Could and were each of the evaluations, independently audited?
  • Who were the individuals who ranked and evaluated the submissions (eg. MRA’s own transparency and accountability)?
  • Would a secretive and non-accountable process of evaluation likely result in a perceived and real non-biased recommendation?

Advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket. George Orwell

MRA 4 endorsed candidates

 Posted on LesStewart.wikidot.com.

Top 10 most popular posts of all time on iLoveMidhurst.ca

September 15, 2014

 iLoveMidhurst.ca started on December 11, 2011 and these have been the most popular posts since then.

  1. An 83-foot-high KKK fiery cross shone like a beacon over Barrie and Allandale in 1926 and the surrounding countryside 414
  2. Trees breathe for us 388
  3. Why are people nailing old shoes to a dead maple tree in Springwater township? 312
  4. The Huron-Wendat Nation farmed and governed Springwater Township lands sustainably for centuries 243
  5. Save Springwater Park! petition goes viral. 198
  6. Industries sometimes get taken over by bullies 182
  7. Use historical business models to determine similarities and differences in the present situation 156
  8. It’s a Shame about the Midhurst Sprawl Plan. 154
  9. What good is money if it can’t inspire terror in your fellow man? 144
  10. Why doesn’t Jack Hanna quit as Springwater Midhurst councillor? 115

Top 10 People searched for on iLoveMidhurst.ca since it started

August 21, 2014

Person’s name and number of searches since December 11, 2011:

  1. jack hanna midhurst 144
  2. Earl rumm 136
  3. erving goffman 135
  4. christie cadotte 76
  5. cheryl shindruk 64
  6. mario giampietri 63
  7. james baldwin 26
  8. kim rumm 25
  9. carey degorter 23
  10. nicola mitchinson 22

The Ontario Municipal Board came into Springwater Township today.

April 9, 2014

There was a Pre-Hearing about the Midhurst Secondary Plan today.


It took about 2 hours for about 9 lawyers to decide on the following:

  • agreement on a request for consolidation of zoning approvals (16 in total: 8 subdivisions and 8 zoning).
  • the groups with party status would be the Midhurst Landowners Group, Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority, the 2 school boards and the Frankcom family,
  • the participants will be the City of Barrie, a citizen, and the Midhurst Ratepayers’ Association,
  • the Township of Springwater will be having an Open House for the public,
  • the Environmental Assessments 1 and 2 were completed in 2009 (Stages 3 and 4 are ongoing),
  • the next Pre-Hearing will be July 3rd and perhaps 4th, and
  • the probably full week of Hearings will be August 25th.

The following township politicians were in attendance: Jack Hanna, Sandy McConkey, Perry Ritchie, and Rick Webster.

My interpretation was that counsel from the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority considered the scheduling of a summer Hearing to be inappropriate because the Stage 3 and 4 Environmental Assessments, EAs will not be finished by then. The debate on whether the developers will be given their zoning orders before the EAs will be complete is to be dealt with at the July 3 and 4th pre-hearing.

Ms. Susan Rosenthal, Davies Howe Partners LLP who represents the Midhurst Landowners Group, MLG et al., asked the chairperson to remind those in the audience not to audio record the proceedings. The chair was unable to determine if or who was doing that.

Ms. Rosenthal stated that there was a good deal of work accomplished between this and the last OMB meetings between the MLG, Springwater Township and Simcoe County staff.


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